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Johnson Tosses Another Gem, as Baseball Sweeps Landmark DH at Drew

© 2020 Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty /
© 2020 Photo by Timothy R. Dougherty /
Daniel Johnson Hunter Ralston Justin Pinckert


MADISON, N.J. - Sophomore Daniel Johnson (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Immaculata) tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout in game two to finish off a Landmark Conference doubleheader sweep for The University of Scranton baseball team on Saturday at Drew by scores of 10-2 (8 innings) and 6-0.

With the sweep, Scranton moved to 5-5 overall and in the Landmark. Drew fell to 0-8 both overall and in the Landmark with the two losses.

Game One | Box Score

In the first game of the afternoon, a big second inning in which Scranton scored six runs was more than enough support for sophomore starter Hunter Ralston (Duryea, Pa./Pittston Area), who gave up just one run in six innings of work to preserve the victory.

In the second inning of the win, Scranton had three players with RBI doubles - sophomore Justin Pinckert (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata), junior Tyler Kirsten (Wallenpaupack, Pa./Wallenpaupack Area), and senior Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal), who had the biggest hit of the frame, a bases-clearing, three-RBI double that put Scranton up, 5-0.

After plating a run in the top of the sixth, Scranton put Drew away for good with three runs in the top of the seventh to go up by eight at 10-2. That lead held over the final two innings, as the Royals picked up a dominating game one win in which they smacked 10 hits (compared to five for Drew).

Overall, junior Jake Lisicky (Whitehall, Pa./Whitehall) went 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Kirsten was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI's, and two runs scored.

Senior Kevin Johnson (Whitehouse Station, N.J./Hunterdon Central) was 1-for-2 with two runs scored, freshman Garret Kurtz (Mahwah, N.J./Mahwah) was 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored, and his replacement at second base fellow freshman Jack Heineman (Abington, Pa./LaSalle College) was 1-for-1 with a two-RBI single in the seventh inning.

On the mound, Ralston earned his first win of the year (1-2) after allowing just two runs on four hits in six innings of work, while striking out five.

Game Two | Box Score

In the second game, the Royals once again pulled away from the Rangers with a big inning, this time scoring four in the top of the fifth to go up by six runs, which was more than enough support for Johnson to finish off a gem on the mound.

Just like in game one, Scranton used doubles to do their damage at the plate. Pinckert had two in the victory, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while Johnson also had a two-bagger and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Lisicky had the last double of the game for Scranton, going 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Kirsten finished off a strong day at the plate with a 2-for-3, one RBI performance in the win, rounding out the top offensive performances in game two.

But, the star of the game was Johnson, who allowed a single hit (in the bottom of the fourth inning) and struck out nine to move to 2-0 on the year.

Johnson, who now has a 12 inning scoreless streak, retired the first 10 batters of the game before giving up a hit, then finished the game retiring 11 of the last 12 batters of the contest to record a one-hit, complete-game win for the Royals.

The University of Scranton baseball team finishes off their four-game Landmark Conference series with Drew on Monday, taking on the Rangers in a doubleheader at Volpe Field. First pitch for game one is set for 2 p.m.